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May 25, 2012 - Hour 2
In hour two of this week's show:

Conde Nast Traveler editor Wendy Perrin talks about the day that she took a job selling shore excursions on a cruise ship.

Janice Ford Grimes owner of Spa Paws Hotel in Ft. Worth, TX says dogs live a life of luxury at this “dog spa”.
Author Susie Gordon talks about visiting two of China’s most bustling cities -- Beijing and Shanghai.


March 30, 2012 - Hour 1
This week on Rudy's show:

Barbara Delollis, USA Today’s Hotel & Business Travel Reporter, explains the devaluation of hotel points programs.
Aaron Wallace, Orlando lawyer & author, describes his new book, 'The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom'
Jody Dahl, founder of, reveals the top 5 dude ranches for city slickers.
Alan J. Fuerstman, CEO & Founder of Montage Hotels & Resorts, talks about their 10th anniversary contest where students can apply to win $10,000 in scholarships.


January 12, 2012 - Hour 1
In the first hour of Rudy's show this week, guests include:

Scott McCartney from the Wall Street Journal with his annual list of best and worst airlines.
Jason Harris, tech expert and blogger, reports on the latest finds from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Catharine Hamm, LA Times Travel Editor, on Reno as an alternative to Vegas.
Patrick Smith, airline pilot, air travel columnist and author.


December 29, 2012 - Hour 1
In the first hour of an encore show from Dublin, Ireland, guests include:

Kit Darby, aviation consultant & pilot instructor, on the looming shortage of pilots for US airlines.
Gerry Nolan with The Irish House Party band discusses Irish music & provides a musical backdrop to the show.
Eveleen Coyle describes the foodie walking tour of Dublin she offers.
Edelle Mosse, acting CEO of Dublin's St. Patrick's Festival, explains how visitors can take part in the parade for the first time in 2013.
Ann Marie Diffley, visitor service manager at Dublin's Trinity College, talks about the famous Book of Kells.

December 29, 2012 - Hour 2
Re-broadcast of an earlier show from Dublin, Ireland. In this second hour of a special show from The Merrion hotel in Dublin, Rudy's guests include:

Garrett Power, guest services manager at The Merrion, on what makes a great hotel.
Colm Quilligan started the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl 24 years ago. Here's how to get in on the fun.
Keep up with the keeper uppers in Dublin by checking Le Cool on line. Publisher Michael McDermott explains.
Whatever your interest--architecture, history, literature--Pat Liddy can arrange the right walking tour of Dublin.


December 22, 2012 - Hour 1
Hour one of a re-broadcast from November 24. In the first hour of a special broadcast from the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry, Ireland, guests include:

Mike Buckley, President of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce.
Meet one of Ireland's remaining matchmakers, Willie Daly, who links more than 300 couples a year the old fashioned way.
Muiris O’Donoghue, owner of Geokaun Mountain and cliffs. It was opened as a tourist attraction in the August of 2006 with views of the Skelligs, Blaskets, Dingle Peninsula and Portmagee channel.
Brendan Keogh, CEO of SWING, a not-for-profit company, that has for the last two decades played a significant role in the development of golf tourism not only in the South West but also on the island of Ireland.

December 22, 2012 - Hour 2
Hour two of a re-run from November 24. In the second hour of a special show broadcast from the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry, Ireland, guests include:

Jerry O’Grady past CEO of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce; involved with the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society and Walk Killarney.
Rachel Foley, Owner of Ancestors from Ireland.
John Griffin, a Tourism Officer with Kerry County Council and County Co-Ordinator for The Gathering 2013.
Michele King, Director of Sales & Marketing for The Killarney Park, The Malton & The Ross Hotel.

Sean Ward, Owner of Fisherman’s Thatched Inn, County Laois.


December 15, 2012 - Hour 1
This week, Rudy's guests include:

Joseph Siprut, a Chicago-based attorney specializing in consumer protections and class action suits, on the settlement of Southwest drink voucher issue.
Michael Matthews on the Mayan calendar end of the world.
Timothy Holtz, guide and tour planner, discussing accessible travel.
Giampiero Ambrosi, General Manager at Virtual Tourist, on how to avoid travel scams.

December 15, 2012 - Hour 2
In the second hour, Rudy's guests include:

Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director & Co-author of the 2013 Ethical Destinations Report.
Laura Simpson Reeves on the misuse of elephants in promoting tourism.

Marc Weber Tobias, Security Expert, regarding new on-board ship communications for passengers.
Andy Blue of discusses holiday cocktails.


December 8, 2012 - Hour 1
Rudy's guests this week include:

Lesley Carlin, travel expert with Trip Advisor, discussing the best deals on ski resorts.
Danielle Kelly, Executive Director of the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.
Jacob Tomsky, author of Heads in Beds.

December 8, 2012 - Hour 2
In the second hour, Rudy's guests are:

Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst with Hudson Crossing, discussing the possible Delta and Virgin Atlantic tie-up.
Marty Behr, founder and owner of National Parks Revealed, a company that operates private, custom tours of national parks.
Ed Perkins, consumer advocate, on recent legislation addressing hotel and resort fees.
Henry Fortunato with recommendations for great travel books.


December 1, 2012 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show, Rudy's guests include:

Brian King, epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control’s Office on Smoking and Health and lead co-author on article about secondhand smoke in airports.

Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami.
Joe Sharkey on counterfeit money abroad.
Patrick Smith, airline pilot, air travel columnist and author, on the pilot shortage.

December 1, 2012 - Hour 2
Rudy's guests this week include:

Jeremy Cooperstock, associate professor at McGill Univ. in Montreal, talks about United Airlines' attack on his United complaint site.

Noel Irwin Hentschel, CEO of American Tours Intl, on Americans traveling beyond China’s obvious destinations.
Patrick Smith, an airline pilot, air travel columnist and author, on the Concorde verdict.

Jason Harris, tech expert & blogger, on Tech-y gifts for Christmas.


November 24, 2012 - Hour 1
In the first hour of a special broadcast from the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry, Ireland, guests include:

Mike Buckley, President of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce.
Meet one of Ireland's remaining matchmakers, Willie Daly, who links more than 300 couples a year the old fashioned way.
Muiris O’Donoghue, owner of Geokaun Mountain and cliffs. It was opened as a tourist attraction in the August of 2006 with views of the Skelligs, Blaskets, Dingle Peninsula and Portmagee channel.
Brendan Keogh, CEO of SWING, a not-for-profit company, that has for the last two decades played a significant role in the development of golf tourism not only in the South West but also on the island of Ireland.

November 24, 2012 - Hour 2
In the second hour of a special show broadcast from the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry, Ireland, guests include:

Jerry O’Grady past CEO of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce; involved with the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society and Walk Killarney.
Rachel Foley, Owner of Ancestors from Ireland.
John Griffin, a Tourism Officer with Kerry County Council and County Co-Ordinator for The Gathering 2013.
Michele King, Director of Sales & Marketing for The Killarney Park, The Malton & The Ross Hotel.

Sean Ward, Owner of Fisherman’s Thatched Inn, County Laois.


November 17, 2012 - Hour 1

Kit Darby, aviation consultant & pilot instructor, on the looming shortage of pilots for US airlines.
Gerry Nolan with The Irish House Party band discusses Irish music & provides a musical backdrop to the show.
Eveleen Coyle describes the foodie walking tour of Dublin she offers.
Edelle Mosse, acting CEO of Dublin's St. Patrick's Festival, explains how visitors can take part in the parade for the first time in 2013.
Ann Marie Diffley, visitor service manager at Dublin's Trinity College, talks about the famous Book of Kells.

November 17, 2012 - Hour 2
In this second hour of a special show from The Merrion hotel in Dublin, Rudy's guests include:

Garrett Power, guest services manager at The Merrion, on what makes a great hotel.
Colm Quilligan started the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl 24 years ago. Here's how to get in on the fun.
Keep up with the keeper uppers in Dublin by checking Le Cool on line. Publisher Michael McDermott explains.
Whatever your interest--architecture, history, literature--Pat Liddy can arrange the right walking tour of Dublin.


November 10, 2012 - Hour 1
This show hour is an encore presentation from October 27, 2012.

November 10, 2012 - Hour 2
This show hour is an encore presentation from October 27, 2012.


November 3, 2012 - Hour 1

November 3, 2012 - Hour 2


October 27, 2012 - Hour 1

October 27, 2012 - Hour 2


October 20, 2012 - Hour 1

William Chalmers, director of the Global Scavenger Hunt,unveils the 9th annual race that begins next spring and includes adventures in 10 countries.
Derreck Kayongo founder of the Global Soap Project, describes how used hotel soap can change lives around the world.
"Mad Mike" Bolechala, tour guide with Savannah Hearst Ghost Tours, invites you to delve into the southern city's ghostly world.'s Joe Brancatelli warns of major changes in the frequent flyer mileage program of US airlines.
And Rudy delivers a deal of the week as well as the week's news in travel.

October 20, 2012 - Hour 2

What most stresses out travelers? Joel Wartgow, senior director of CWT Solutions Group, reveals the result of a survey that answers that question.
Are we getting the airlines we deserve? George Hobica of argues the case of airlines.
A Southern California design firm envisions a family-friendly airline called cAir, and RKS CEO Ravi Sawhney describes it.
Cruise expert Paul Motter tells listeners about an upcoming rock 'n roll cruise tailor made for baby Boomers.
More deals from Rudy at the end of the hour and more up-to-the-minute travel news at the top of the hour.


October 13, 2012 - Hour 1

In the wake of the sudden closure of Club ABC Tours in New Jersey, John Cook of Quotewright, the web site that compares travel insurance plans, explains why travelers should purchase travel insurance from third parties, not from a tour company or cruise line.
Cairo-based reporter Sarah A. Topol discusses the spate of short-term kidnapping of tourists in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Her araticle, "Tea and Kidnapping," appears in the October issue of The Atlantic magazine.
In a Kansas City, KS, suburb, plans are afoot to build a museum honoring all things suburbia, from grills to two-car garages. Larry Meeker, president of the Johnson County Museum Foundation Board elaborates.
Where do bus drivers earn $100,000? And why are there so many jobs going begging? Melissa Blake of Fort McMurray, Canada explains the oil shale boom in her hometown.

October 13, 2012 - Hour 2

Dr. Todd Curtis, aviation safety expert, explains how to complain effectively to airlines and the TSA. He's the author of a new book, Airline Complaint Book.
Got beer? Lesley Carlin, travel expert with TripAdvisor, lists America's to ten brewery visits.
Developer and sustainable building advocate Steve Hunt describes his lodging property on Kauai, Hawaii, that is the only privately owned property to be certified green by the state.
Cruise lines are offering great deals on sailings over the December holidays and New Year's Eve, says Anne Campbell of ShipCriticBlog.
As always, Rudy kicks off the hour with the latest in travel news and ends the hour with a couple of deals.


October 6, 2012 - Hour 1

Tim Severson, executive director of the Oktoberfest celebration in LaCrosse, WI, describes the weekend scene.
Actor and writer Andrew McCarthy joins Rudy to discuss his new book, The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest to Find the Courage to Settle Down.
Security expert Marc Tobias explains why some hotel room locks are better than others and why hotel room safes might not be as safe as you think.
Rudy ends the hour with a few deals of the week.

October 6, 2012 - Hour 2

Joe Bancatelli of JoeSentMe analyzes American Airlines woes.
Architect Jose Gonzales discusses the state of hotel design today and remarks on future trends.
New York Times travel columnist Joe Sharkey explains why more and more guns and other weapons are being confiscated by TSA officials at US airports.
Charles Passey, Wall Street Journal reporter and Marketwatch contributor explains how staying in hotels just outside of major cities can save travelers dollars.
Rudy starts the hour with the latest in travel news and ends it with deals.


September 29, 2012 - Hour 1

It started in a small town in Spain, but now massive tomato fights have come to the US. Max Kraner explains how he decided to stage tomato battles involving thousands of participants in various cities around the country.
Why do we like to be scared and pay for the privilege at haunted houses and so-called "scream parks"? Patrick Konopelski, the president of the Haunted Attractions Association, explains the psychology behind our love of frightful places.
Wall Street Journal columnist Scott McCartney explains where and how travelers are most likely to be pickpocketed and how to avoid becoming a victim.
Using stats from tens of millions of airfare searches, spokesperson Jessica Casano-Antonellis reveals the best time to buy a domestic and international airline ticket to get the best price. And what days are the best to travel to grab the cheapest fare.

As always Rudy delivers the latest travel news at the open of the show and a few juicy deals at the close of each hour.

September 29, 2012 - Hour 2

Infectious disease expert Dr. Brad Spellberg sheds light on the recent death in the Middle East due to a SARS-like virus. Is this a danger to the world? And how can you avoid getting sick while traveling?
The hottest segment of the travel industry is river cruising. The president and co-owner of AMA Waterways, Rudi Schreiner, joins Rudy to describe the attractions of river cruising, the approximate cost, and destinations available.
California artist Steve Maloney took a ton of items confiscated by TSA agents at airports and turned much of it into sculpture. Check out some of his works on Facebook at "Banned Booty."
Why would anyone circumnavigate Death Valley during the hottest month of the year? Ultra-marathon runner Marshall Ulrich did just that, and he joins Rudy to discuss his book, Running on Empty.

Plus the week's news in travel opens the hour, and Rudy's Deals of the Week close the hour.


September 22, 2012 - Hour 1

Marc Weber Tobias on whether a "special deal" on hotels offered by Delta Air Lines to its most frequent flyers is really all that special.
Co-founder of and blogger on, Gary Leff, explains what happens to your frequent flyer miles should you divorce or die tomorrow. travel expert Lesley Carlin on where to find deals on fall vacation rentals.
The owner of the Zombie Mud Run, Patrick Konopelski, describes the messy fun in Reading, PA.

Plus, Rudy starts the hour as usual with the week's news in travel and ends it with a few, choice deals of the week.

September 22, 2012 - Hour 2's Jason Harris reviews the iPhone 5 and describes the benefits of the new phone for travelers.
Why has travel by Americans to Cuba been quietly curtailed by Uncle Sam? Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba, discusses the issue that's led him to lay off all 22 of his employees.
And more zombie stuff, as Derick Smith, co-creator of the Run For Your Lives Race, describes his 5K, touring obstacle course that features the undead.
And the author who helped start the Zombie craze with his book The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks, explains why we seem so fascinated by zombies. (His novel called World War Z will be released as a movie starring Brad Pitt in the summer of 2013.)

More travel news at the start of the hour, more travel deals at the bottom of the hour.


September 15, 2012 - Hour 1
The radio show staff is on holiday this week, so this weekend's show is an encore presentation of our Aug. 18, 2012 show. So good, we had to repeat it!

Ben Bowler from WorldWeavers describes how a traveler can live the life of a Muslim in Turkey.
William McGee, author of a book that takes a hard look at America's aviation system (Attention All Passengers) explains why we ought not be complacent about safety in the skies despite the enviable record of airlines the last several years.
When about 10,000 bees decided to take five on the engine of a commercial jetliner at Pittsburgh's airport, local beekeeper Stephen Repasky came to the rescue. He describes why the bees were there, how he safely removed them, and where he took them.
Travel expert Courtney Scott lists some Labor Day travel deals which, since this is a re-broadcast of an earlier show, won't be of much help this weekend.

September 15, 2012 - Hour 2
The following guests are interviews on the second hour of this weekend's re-broadcast of the show of Aug. 18, 2012:

The general manager of The Marquette hotel in downtown Minneapolis explains why he feels he must charge guests for the use of Wi-Fi in his hotel.
Joseph Kanon is the author of a new and terrific novel set in Turkey, Istanbul Passage. He joins Rudy to discuss how he researches a place for a novel's setting and how one can travel in one's mind. (And if you click on the link attached to his name in the previous sentence, you'll go to his personal website; scroll down and you'll find Kanon's favorite restaurants in Istanbul.)
Charlie Leocha, director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, holds forth on the extra fees charged by airlines and whether the airlines are doing enough to let you know about those fees before you purchase a ticket on line.
Rudy offers advice to listener Jeff Quirk on how to obtain a visa to visit Brazil..


September 8, 2012 - Hour 1
It's vacation time for the radio show staff, so this weekend's show is a repeat of our show of June 16, 2012. Featured guests include:

Scott Dobrowsky of the consulting firm Glassdoor. He reveals the result of the latest survey that identifies which airline, hotel, and rental car companies have the happiest employees, a possible indicator of the level of service a customer might experience.
Paul Dooley, aka "the anxiety guru." Dooley describes hodophobia, the fear of traveling, and what a sufferer can do about it.
Wendy Perrin, consumer news director at Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Her topic: Choosing the right credit card when renting a car abroad.
Grant Brigham, director of the Jones Valley Teaching Farm. Brigham delivers an on-the-scene report from an annual festival in downtown Birmingham, AL, that brings together local farmers and chefs.

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September 8, 2012 - Hour 2
This vacation-time repeat of our show of June 16, 2012, includes the following guests and topics:

Mike Marnot reports on the first annual Central Coast Oysterfest in California. The event benefits developmentally disabled folks or those who have suffered head injuries.
Kate Hopkins, author of a new book on the history of chocolate and other sweets, Sweet Tooth. Hopkins is also the author of a blog called The Accidental Hedonist that was named by Time as one of the country's "50 Coolest Websites."
Duane Young of the World Airline Historical Society. Topic: The secret world of people who collect all-things aviation, from models of commercial jetliners to barf bags from long-gone airlines.
Henry Fortunato, avid hiker and public relations director of the Kansas City Public Library, answers a listener's question about how to hike safely as a woman alone.

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September 1, 2012 - Hour 1
Leslie Carlin, Travelocity editor, reports travel is up for Labor Day weekend in spite of rising gas prices. Rudy asks if this is a leading economic indicator that should cheer us all up. Historian and author Stephen Ujifusa joins Rudy to discuss his new book that profiles the genius who built the world's fastest, safest, and most beautiful passenger ship, the SS United States. While the Titanic got all the publicity the past year, the SS United States was a project built in secret that resulted in a cruise line that was a standard bearer for the US. During wartime, the ship served as a troop transport ship. Designed by William Francis Gibbs, the SS United States lost its luster for travelers when jet planes began whisking passengers across the Atlantic Ocean in hours instead of days. How many countries are there in the world? That depends on whom you ask and how you count says travel video journalist Bruce Northam. The United Nations recognizes 193 official countries while Federal Express delivers to more than 220 countries and territories, including North Korea. And other organizations come up with a different count, as Northam explains to listeners. And how does all that jet fuel get to airports? What's the difference between the gas we put in our car and the fuel that powers an airplane? And do pilots shop airports for the cheapest fill-up? John Heimlich, vice president and chief economist with the airline trade organization called Airlines For America, answers those questions and more. Plus, Rudy lists his best travel deals of the week at the end of the hour and delivers the week's travel news at the open of the hour.

September 1, 2012 - Hour 2
With reports of guests who stayed in certain cabins at Yellowstone contracting hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Rudy checks in with the show's resident infectious disease expert, Dr. Bruce Spellberg. He's the author of Rising Plague and an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Several weeks ago, Rudy talked with an Egypt specialist who described the looting of archaeological sites that followed the breakdown of the police force in Egypt after the beginning of the Arab Spring 21 months ago. Now Syria is facing the same problem, says Rudy's guest, Christian Sahner, a graduate student at Princeton University who has made several trips to Syria. LoveIt is a new visual sharing site that's sort of a mash-up between Pinterest and a blog. The site allows users (at no charge) to curate their photos (with others and even privately) around any subject, link back to the origin of the posting, and import boards from Pinterest. Rudy talks with CEO and co-founder, Ron LaPierre about its usefulness to travelers. And celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay became a television star dropping in on restaurants and re-making them. Now he's turned his attention to hotels for his Fox TV series "Hotel Hell." Rudy talks with the owner of one of the hotels Ramsay chose for a makeover, Eddie Kaen of The Keating hotel in San Diego's Gaslight District. Ramsay hated his suite as well as the hotel's restaurant, and accused Kaen of building a hotel that pleased him more than his guests. Kaen tells Rudy what resulted from Ramsay's visit and whether he's glad he participated in the show. And, as usual, Rudy begins the hour with some of the week's news in travel and ends it with a couple more quick deals.


August 25, 2012 - Hour 1
Rudy drops in on the 18th annual Southern Brewers Festival that benefits the Tennessee charity, Kids on the Block, and interviews Kelly Wilson in Chattanooga. In New York City, the Waldorf-Astoria has announced an amnesty program that asks past guests--or children and grandchildren of past guests--to return hotel items that might have been taken, um, by mistake from the hotel. Marketing director Matt Zolbe says he's really most interested in the personal stories behind the items. Then, former Four Seasons vice president Stan Bromley joins Rudy to discuss how he felt about guests who stole towels and tells the story of a little girl who wrote him an apology note with a returned item . . . they stayed in touch, and not long ago Bromley attended her wedding. And how do you avoid long lines at the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, or stores when you visit Paris? Rudy answers a listener's question on that subject. Plus, as always, Rudy delivers some timely deals of the week and the week's news in travel.

August 25, 2012 - Hour 2

Urban art painted on the side of a five-star hotel in Boston? That's what Simon Mais, general manager of the new Boston hotel, The Revere, permitted to promote an exhibition opening for two Brazilian artists who happen to be twins. When in Jerusalem, don't miss a visit to Yad Vashem, the stunning museum dedicated to the history of the Holocaust. Guide Hazy Flint--who recently walked Rudy around the museum--describes why remembering the terrible past is so important.
Travel blogger David Rowell says California's plan for a bullet train is overpriced and ill-conceived. San Francisco travel writer Chris Barnett offers a first-person report on riding the slow Amtrak train that runs along the California coast. And Rudy closes the show with a few deals of the week.


August 18, 2012 - Hour 1
The co-founder of a cultural exchange organization called World Weavers, Ben Bowler, joins Rudy to discuss his "Muslim for a Month" project. Actually, it's not a month, but a ten-day program in Turkey that allows a participant to learn what it's like to be a Muslim in the Sufi branch of that religion. (You've heard of "whirling Dervishes"? They're adherents to Sufism who are inspired by the life and works of the famous Persian poet Rumi who believed dance and music brought worshipers closer to God.) You'll live in a Sufi lodge in Istanbul's old city, partner with a Muslim family, and take some escorted side trips. (You'll get to tour Istanbul, as well.) $1,500 covers all meals, lodging, and trips for the 10 days; the next event begins Sept. 16. William McGee, author of the new book that takes a harsh look at America's system of commercial aviation, Attention All Passengers, warns against the practice of flying with a child two years or younger in your lap and discusses the potential danger of our overcrowded airlines. (And if you missed his first appearance on the show last Saturday in which he discussed the lack of federal oversight of airline maintenance, it's worth a listen.) You might recall about ten days ago when a Delta flight from Pittsburgh to Newark was delayed when a swarm of 10,000 or more bees attached itself to the wing of the plane. The beekeeper who was summoned to the airport to gently remove those bees (who were looking for a new home), Stephen Repasky, describes how he did it. It wasn't the first time he'd been summoned to Pittsburgh's airport for such a task. And's senior editor, Courtney Scott, offers suggestions for last-minute travel for Labor Day weekend. Rudy also shares some great travel deals and reports the week's news in travel.

August 18, 2012 - Hour 2
What's the deal here? The American Hotel & Lodging Association reports while more motels and hotels are offering guests free breakfasts (of varying quality, one might note), the number of properties charging for Wi-fi and the use of exercise rooms is on the rise. This, despite the fact that countless surveys show the one thing that irritates most guests is having to pay for Internet connectivity. Rudy confirms the trend with Minneapolis hotelier Gerard Viardin, general manager of The Marquette Hotel, a luxury Hilton property. Viardin says he recently had to upgrade his Wi-fi system in his 300+ room hotel, and it cost the hotel $200,000. In short, free Wi-fi isn't free for the hotel. If you like spy novels or Istanbul--or better yet, both--you'll really love Joseph Kanon's new novel, Istanbul Passage. Rudy invited Kanon to the show to discuss how a writer evokes a sense of place and how important that is to a novel and its author. Lose yourself in his story, and you'll think you've traveled to Turkey. And Charles Leocha, co-founder of the Consumer Travel Alliance, says despite airlines' protestations, it is possible for them to let consumers know the total cost of their flight (fees included) efficiently when selling tickets on line. Leocha is a member of a Department of Transportation (DOT) advisory board looking into airlines and their consumer practices, and he says it's just a matter of time until the DOT compels airlines to be more forthcoming about the real price of a ticket. Plus: Rudy answers a listener's question about obtaining a visa to visit Brazil, reveals a few travel deals, and reports some additional current travel news.


August 11, 2012 - Hour 1
Our man in London, former NBC-TV exec in charge of Olympics logistics, Vic Garvey, checks in with his final report on the London summer games. And in case you think of a cruise as a place where you can leave the world behind, maritime security expert Randall Jaques says crimes on the high sea occur more frequently that we think. Besides thefts, sexual harassment, rape and child molestation occur but are often not reported by victims out of embarrassment. Jaques says it's not just crew members who might have a criminal record; there are men who buy tickets to go on cruises with the express intent to commit a crime, that cruise ships are a "buffet" for sexual predators. And he offers a series of suggestions on how to stay safe while cruising. American commercial aviation has enjoyed a very good safety record the past several years. But journalist and former flight operations manager William McGee writes in his new book, Attention All Passengers, that outsourcing the maintenance of planes to Asian countries and others such as El Salvador make it difficult for federal safety inspectors to keep an eye on the work practices and replacement parts being used to keep aircraft safe. And, finally, what lengths will travelers go to to avoid having a stranger sit next to them? A Yale graduate student of sociology, Esther Kim, rode buses around the US for three years cataloging the behavior of folks in this regard. Fascinating stuff. Plus, Rudy has the latest in travel news and his deals of the week.

August 11, 2012 - Hour 2
Recently, United Air Lines decided members of the first tier of its frequent flyer program—called Premier—would only be able to check one bag free instead of two as before. The airline also decreed that instead of being able to book a coach seat with extra legroom when making a reservation, Premier members could only receive one of those seats if there were any available at check in. Keep in mind that to achieve Premier status, most passengers have to fly 25,000 miles in a year—about equivalent to circumnavigating the globe—so they could take advantage of those perks the next year. And some of those folks may have taken less convenient—or more expensive—flights or even unnecessary flights we call “mileage runs” in order to hit that 25,000 mile threshold. Chicago attorney Joe Siprut says this isn't fair, and he joins Rudy to discuss the class action suit he's filed to ask United to either pay Premier passengers for the loss of those perks or reverse the new rules. The show's "Mr. Hotel," Michael Matthews, discusses four possible ways of paying less than retail for a nice hotel room. And after checking out various options, he comes up with his best suggestion. Meanwhile, Wall Street Journal "Middle Seat" columnist Scott McCartney says it's not just United that is devaluing perks offered its lowest level of "elite" frequent flyers. He explains why there's not much "status" in first-tier status at most large airlines now. And senior travel editor, Jeanenne Tornatore, describes where to find late-summer travel deals. (Hint: Think really hot places such as New Orleans, Orlando, Vegas, and Arizona.) Plus, Rudy has the latest travel news and his own deals of the week, including a luxe Colorado resort that invites you to come for a ski vacation and receive the same number of room nights for free next summer.


August 4, 2012 - Hour 1
Rudy opens the show by checking in with an organizer of one of America's more unusual festivals. Kendell Montavy is with the Jaycees in Orlean, MO, and he describes the annual Testicle Festival put on by the Jaycees and local members of the Future Farmers of America. It's a celebration of the glory of . . . deep-fried turkey testicles. And how do you immerse yourself in another culture when you're visiting a place for a short time? Travel journalist Frank Bures has some helpful suggestions. Then, New York City is proposing to add 2,000 more taxis to its streets. Mathematical economist and environmental activist Charles Komanoff say while adding those cabs will cut one minute of waiting time for someone trying to hail a cab during rush hour, it'll slow down traffic severely and cost half a billion dollars in lost productivity. And perhaps you heard the report that New York's JFK airport and Los Angeles' LAX are the two most dangerous airports when it comes to spreading any eventual pandemic. Ruben Juanes is an associate professor at MIT, earth scientist, and author of the paper that made the news. He chats with Rudy about how his study reached its conclusions. [See Rudy's fan page on Facebook for a link to that report--"Rudy Maxa TV Show" is how the page can be found on Facebook.] And, as usual, Rudy wraps up the first hour with some of his deals of the week.

August 4, 2012 - Hour 2
Rudy's news segment opens the show as usual, (which unexpected country just banned smoking in public places?), and Conde Nast Traveler's consumer news director, Wendy Perrin, offers helpful consumer advice on one of the hottest segments of travel these days: river cruising. See the August issue of Conde Nast Traveler for a special section on the subject. And the show's favorite cranky traveler, Joe Brancatelli of the terrific travel web site, delivers a eulogy for the Blackberry, once the business traveler's best friend. (Joe talked to the show via his Blackberry that he fears will soon give way to an iPhone or Android phone.) Then, as the first week of the summer Olympics in London draw to a close, Rudy checks in with "our man in London," Vic Garvey. Garvey, a former NBC-TV executive, handled the logistics of covering a dozen Olympics for the television network, and he's currently a consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He reports the empty hotel rooms and available tickets he described on the show the previous week are pretty much gone, and London is rocking 'round the clock. Rudy closes the show with some of the best travel bargains around this week.


July 28, 2012 - Hour 1
How has the Arab Spring in Egypt impacted the country’s rich archeological treasures? Dr. Aidan Dodson from the archeology and anthropology department at the University of Bristol in England says the news isn't good. Due to a decline in security, looting is endangering one of the main reasons tourists visit Egypt. Travel writer Doug Lansky discusses the way some destinations and resorts hype themselves in brochures and websites. And from London, former NBC-TV executive and veteran Olympic-hand Vic Garvey, reports on the scene and says, yes, there are still affordable hotels rooms and tickets to some events available. Plus, travel deals and the latest in travel news.

July 28, 2012 - Hour 2
San Francisco is a city rich in cafes, and author Joe Wolff describes several of the most inviting ones in his new book, Cafe Life: San Francisco. With great photos by Roger Paperno, the book is a must for coffee lovers visiting the city. What does, "Flight attendants, doors to arrival and crosscheck" mean when you hear that on the public address system of an plane as the crew taxis to a terminal? Commercial pilot and author Patrick Smith explains how to "speak airline." And are you minding proper etiquette at pools and beaches this summer? travel expert Lesley Carlin lists the things that bother most people about other people while sunning. Plus: Rudy's up-to-the-minute travel news and deals.


July 14, 2012 - Hour 1

Jeanenne Tornatore, Senior Travel Editor,
Paul Priestman, Director, Priestmangoode, a London-based, multi-disciplinery design group that works on branding and design for projects such as the interiors of airlines including Lufthansa and Qatar Airways. The firm also has designed hotel rooms for Accor's ETAP and Motel 6 brands. Priestman joins Rudy to share his innovative ideas on how to design a successful high-rail system.
The Wall Street Journal's "Middle Seat" columnist Scott McCartney describes what it's like to take the world's longest flight from Texas to Singapore.

July 14, 2012 - Hour 2

Don Wildman, host of Travel Channel's "Off Limits," describes his work on his show that casts him as part historian, part art detective. Among his stories: a visit to an abandoned moonshiner's village in Appalachia, a secret Nazi compound near Malibu, CA, and a buried nuclear-missile silo in the Arizona desert.
Stockholm-based travel writer Doug Lansky considers destinations with the highest concentration of tourists.
Wine and food writer Anthony Dias Blue on what he considers an under-appreciated destination that's on the rise: Uruguay.


July 7, 2012 - Hour 1
"Dark Tourism" describes travel to places associated with tragedies or death. Think: Chernobyl or the concentration camps of Eastern Europe. Dr. Philip Stone, the executive director of the Institute for Dark Tourism Research at the University of Central Lancashire in England, explains the historical importance of dark tourism. Then, say you've just arrived in a new city. How do you find a great bar, which is often a handy way to meet some of the locals? Jon Taffer, host and co-executive producer of "Bar Rescue on Spike TV, explains. And choosing the right travel insurance can be a confusing process. John Cook of simplifies the chore. Plus, as usual each hour, Rudy offers his pick of the week's best travel deals and delivers all the travel news fit to broadcast.

July 7, 2012 - Hour 2
Would you pay extra to deplane before your fellow passengers? The founder of, George Hobica, says people would be willing to do exactly that. Meanwhile, Charles MacPherson, owner of the Toronto-based butler school called Charles MacPherson Associates, instructs listeners on how to be the perfect summer house guest. The show's tech expert, Jason Harris of, reports on the new Kindle and discusses new mapping services and their impact on the more traditional GPS industry. Looking for deals on autumn cruises? Paul Motter of shares a few. Plus, Rudy weighs in with his own deals and the week's news in travel. that may affect you.


June 30, 2012 - Hour 1
Special Broadcast from the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel Rudy took the show on the road this weekend to the very cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. Among his guests: Eliana Bar-El, editor of Time Out Israel, a monthly English publication about events, museums, art, music, dining and shopping. To comment on the music scene, the two lead singers of Israel's hot, English-language rock group, Idan Rabinovici and Roy Rieck of Acollective, joined Rudy and played a clip from their song, "Turn to Cry." Ross Belfer, an American public relations executive, described life in Tel Aviv through his eyes. And Eyal de Leeuw from the Design Museum Holon, an art and design center located just outside of Tel Aviv, explains why he hopes his organization leads Israel to a new age in architecture and design.

June 30, 2012 - Hour 2
The second hour of a special broadcast from the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel Tel Aviv is one of the world's leading cities in terms of nightlife and design. Rudy's first guest, Leon Avigad, is a hotelier and owner of Brown TLV, a stylish, Tel Aviv, boutique hotel that he hopes will be the first in a string of similar hotels. Dalit Nevirovsky, editor of a new guidebook, City Guide Tel Aviv, explains why Tel Aviv is such a popular beach town. And Yair Feinberg, chef and owner of Fein Cook, describes the robust culinary scene in Tel Aviv; he offers food market tours and cooking classes to visitors. You might know actor Aki Avni from appearances on the television show "24" or the 2009 movie "Universal Soldier: Regeneration." Currently starring in the musical "Cabaret" in Tel Aviv, Avni says Tel Aviv is "a city that belongs to the youngsters . . . a cross [between] Rio de Janeiro and Manhattan." And, finally, Eytan Schwartz, from the mayor's office in Tel Aviv, says the city is "a technologically oriented city" with more start-up companies than any European city. Not to mention 300 days of sun a year.


June 23, 2012 - Hour 1
The first guest in a new, occasional series of travel experts revealing their best travel secrets, Spud Hilton, travel columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, joins Rudy with his tips. Cornell University history professor Barry Strauss discusses visiting ancient battlefields in Italy that once saw conflicts by the stars of his new book, Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership. Rick Seaney, CEO of, explains why airlines don't want to lower airfares. And Harriet Baskas, author of the blog, StuckAtTheAirport, explains why Boston's Logan airport will pay your bus fare from the airport into town. Pus, Rudy delivers the latest travel news and deals.

June 23, 2012 - Hour 2
Tony Giorgianni, an editor at Consumer Reports, warns against joining a "travel club" that asks for a high up-front fee to join while promising deep travel discounts. What would you say if a couple asked you to give up your airline seat so they could sit together? Or if a child behind you on a plane repeatedly kicked the back of your seat? Steve Loucks from Travel Leaders reports on the results of a survey that asked travelers etiquette questions like those. And what's with the TSA's "Pre-Check" program? Members find themselves sometimes shuttled to lines where they don’t have to remove their shoes, belts, or jackets and may leave their liquids and computers in cases. But other times, they’re directed to the usual lines. Seattle Times travel columnist Carol Pucci reveals the secrets of why “Pre-Check” folks don’t always get a pass. Plus: The week's news in travel and Rudy's deals of the week.


June 16, 2012 - Hour One
Does it matter what credit card you use to rent a car out of the US? You bet, says Consumer Reports' Wendy Perrin who tells Rudy you need to know whether your card gives you primary or secondary coverage and which countries in which your card will not cover you. Hodophobia is the fear of travel, and Paul Dooley of, explains how to overcome it. Which airline, hotel, and rental car companies have the "most satisfied" employees? Scott Dobrowski of knows and argues those companies often have the highest customer satisfaction, too. And listeners learn the definition of "Alabama barbeque" when Rudy talks with Grant Brigham from the Freshworks Festival in Birmingham. Plus: Rudy's deals and the latest in travel news.

June 16, 2012 - Hour Two
Rudy drops in on the Central Coast Oysterfest in California and talks with Mike Mamot on the scene. In the hour's second segment, Rudy is joined by author Kate Hopkins whose new book, Sweet Tooth, takes a smart look at the history of candy and chocolate. Rudy answers a question from a listener from Kutztown, PA, who's worried about hiking alone; long-time walker Henry Fortunato helps out. And Duane Young of the World Airline Historical Society explains why some folks collect airline memorabilia. Plus, as always, Rudy offers listeners several great deals of the week and reports on the week's news in travel.


June 9, 2012 - Hour 1
Pilot and aviation blogger Patrick Smith joins Rudy to discuss the safety of airlines in Africa, and author Daniel Arnold describes his hike from the boiler room that is lowest point in the US--Death Valley--to the snowy peak of Mount Whitney and his book about that trek, Salt to Summit. Professor Severin Borenstein of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley argues airlines have to figure out how to get us to destinations faster or in greater comfort in order to grow business. And Dr. Charles Wooters of NextIT explains how avatars and Artificial Intelligence will pay a greater role in travelers lives. Plus: Rudy's deals of the week and travel news.

June 9, 2012 - Hour 2
How can you protect yourself from airline delays or a change in plans when you've booked an expensive vacation? Carol Mueller of Travel Guard explains her company's solutions. How would you like to live in an airplane? Bruce Campbell of Oregon explains how he's outfitting a retired commercial jetliner as a home in the country. Stephanie Loleng discusses the concept of "honeyteering"--taking a volunteering vacation while on a honeymoon--and Rudy has his usual "Deals of the Week and travel news.


June 2, 2012 - Hour 1
What's the story behind Delta Air Lines' new "Basic Coach" fare? Brett Snyder, author of the blog joins Rudy to explain the savings and limitations of buying that fare category, currently offered on Delta flights from Detroit to Florida. Author Andrew Blackwell travels a bit differently that most of us. A couple of years ago, while living briefly in Delhi, he became interested in a very polluted town and river in India. That led to an examination of some of the world's most polluted places and a fascinating, new book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl. He joins Rudy to share details. In honor of National Trails Day, Rudy talks with Henry Fortunato, a determined walker who thinks nothing of walking four hours to an airport to catch a plane. (When he's not walking, Henry is the director of public affairs at the Kansas City Public Library.) And Rudy re-visits an interview with another serious walker, Stephan Bossert, who, following an injury suffered in a rickshaw accident while visiting Asia, was advised by his doctor to begin a regimen of walking. He's committed to walking every single street in his hometown of Minneapolis, and he's nearly a thousand miles toward his goal. Plus, Rudy delivers the up-to-the-minute travel news and deals.

June 2, 2012 - Hour 2
It's National Trails Day, and John Michels from the American Hiking Society joins Rudy to give a short history of how America's trails came to be. In several countries around the world, kids flock to an indoor attraction called Kidzania. It's a kids'-sized town where kids run the show, and it's coming to America. Cammie Dunaway, the president of America Kidzania, explains how it works. And Monterrey, Mexico, is known mainly for its narcotics trade and violence. But it's also home to some of the world's happiest people. Author and explorer Dan Buettner (and author of the book on the world's happiest places, Blue Zones), explains what at first glance appears to be a contradiction. And Heddi Cundle introduces listeners to a web site where anyone can contribute to the future travels of, for example, a graduating college student or couple planning a honeymoon. It's caled (not "com"). And Rudy begins the hour with more travel news and closes it, as always, with his Deals of the Week.


May 26, 2012 - Hour 1
Rudy drops in (via phone) on the annual Burlington, WI, Chocolate Fest and talks with the director of marketing, Linda Fellenz, about the chocolate-mad event; John McClintock, a long-time "cast member" at Disneyland in Southern California, reports on what's new at the popular amusement park this summer; the director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, Charles Leocha, weighs in on the discovery that Delta Air Lines charged a different fare for the same flight at the same time on the same day; Rudy helps a listener from Reading, PA, with his question of how to avoid drop-off fees on a one-way, coast-to-coast car rental; and, as always, Rudy begins the hour with the latest in the week's travel news and ends the hour with a couple of deals of the week.

May 26, 2012 - Hour 2
On a weekend celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Dana Polk from the Presidio Trust joins Rudy to discuss the event and the bridge; Esquire restaurant editor and author of numerous food books, John Mariani, says he thinks restaurant tipping is becoming a "stick up" and explains the basics of tipping correctly; Grant Cardone, a southern California businessman and author, describes capturing a bird strike on his iPad as his flight took off from New York's JFK airport and the ensuing letter from the FAA reprimanding him for having an electronic device on during take off; blogger Rachel Khona, self-described "flirting expert," argues traveling as a single woman is both fun and desirable and offers some tips. Plus, Rudy reports more travel news and reveals a couple more deals of the week.


May 19, 2012 - Hour 1
Author and essayist Paul Theroux joins Rudy to describe his favorite place in the world for the show's on-going series of "Places of the Heart" interviews; TripAdvisor's Brook Ferencsik takes a look ahead at Memorial Weekend travel; Jay Sorensen of IdeaWorks reveals the results of an annual study that names the airlines that are the most generous and those that are the stingiest in providing passengers with award tickets; and Steve Shulem of the Santa Barbara-based travel agency Strictly Vacations describes the aftermath of the elderly couple kicked off a Seabourn cruise ship for not attending a lifeboat drill. Plus, Rudy delivers the latest in the week's travel news and attractive travel deals.

May 19, 2012 - Hour 2
Rudy checks in with the annual Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in California with executive director Laurie Giannini; Chick Russell, one of the designers of the hot, new attraction at Universal Studios LA, "Transformer: The Ride 3D," describes the $100 million thrill ride that opens to the public Friday, May 25th; it's not too late to secure airfare, hotel, and ticket packages for the summer games in London, says the owner of San Diego-based travel agency Ludus Travel, Adam Dailey; Philip Brewer, a senior writer with, goes against the grain and says forget about credit cards that offer miles and points--"give me cash any day." Rudy takes a look at more of the week's news in travel and delivers a couple more travel deals of the week.


May 12, 2012 - Hour 1
David Rowell, of The Travel Insider, explains why Spirit Airline's increased charge for carry-on bags placed in overhead compartments is deceptive for consumers; Los Angeles Times business reporter Ken Bensinger reveals that American Airlines is going after holders of its Airpass that allows passengers to fly in first class on on unlimited flights for the rest of their lives because the airline figured out it's losing money on the deal even though holders paid $250,000 or more for the privilege; Henry Fortunato, public affairs director of the Kansas City Library, describes a life of riding Americans trains just for the fun of it and why Amtrak isn't what it could be; and the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney discusses iPads left on planes and how to recover yours if it happens to you. Plus, Rudy delivers the latest travel news and deals.

May 12, 2012 - Hour 2
The founder of the Consumer Travel Alliance, Charles Leocha, asks for airlines to post all extra charges clearly before a passenger purchases a ticket; the CEO of OnCall International, Mike Kelly, reacts to the breaking news of the deaths of Boston University students during an outing in New Zealand, and describes what his company is doing for the victims and injured; Andrew Evans, the National Geographic Traveler's "digital nomad," reports on his latest trip to South Africa and describes how he Tweets, Facebooks, blogs, and posts videos in real time as he travels the globe; and Rudy Maxa wraps up the week's news in travel and lists his Deals of the Week.


May 5, 2012 - Hour 1
Art in the Conrad Indianapolis--free for anyone to view--is described by the hotel's general manager, Greg Tinsley; the host of "Mysteries of the Museum" and "Off Limits" on the Travel Channel, Don Wildman, gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at how he finds and produces the stories on his shows; professional animal handler Tim Harrison explains how to shark-proof your family for the beaches this summer and why you should never swim where anyone is fishing; and host Rudy Maxa reports on the week's news in travel and reveals his Deals of the Week.

May 5, 2012 - Hour 2
Airline analyst Ernie Arvai of Boston's Arvai Group explains why US Airways is so interested in merging with American Airlines and why American is trying to ignore its suitor. How many ways can you die in Yosemite? Author and Arizona river guide Michael Giglieri, author of Death in Yosemite, explains how to visit the park and live to tell about it. Also: the co-author of an authoritative new book titled Markets of Paris, Marjorie Williams, explains how to find the bargains and hidden delights at food, furniture, and other markets in the City of Light; and don't forget the gardens of Paris, advises Susan Cahill , author of Hidden Gardens of Paris. Plus, travel expert and rabbi Peter Tarlow marks National Travel & Tourism Week by tracing tourism to Biblical times, and Rudy Maxa wraps up the week's news in travel.


April 28, 2012 - Hour 1
During Rudy Maxa's travel news segment, the former head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says airport security needs fixing. Magazine editor Ken Budd discovered volunteer tourism led him out of a personal period of darkness, and he tells his personal story in his new book, The Voluntourist; Jeanenne Tornatore, a senior editor at, explains how to get last-minute tickets to the London summer Olympics, how to find free lodging, and more; and the CEO of the search engine Room 77, Kevin Fleiss, describes new discounts for AAA members and seniors and other new additions to the web site that allows travelers to search for specific hotel rooms across an array of web sites.

April 28, 2012 - Hour 2
A caller remarks on the show's hotel expert's upcoing first stay at a Motel Six during host Rudy Maxa's news segment; London-based psychologist Claudia Hammond explains why time seems to move so quickly during vacations and so slowly during, say, a day at the office. She's the author of a new book, Time Warped: Unlocking the Mystery of Time & Perception. Lxuury hotel consultant and show regular, Michael Matthews, gives his first-hand report on a night's stay a a Motel Six--a new experience for him. And Ken Grunski, president of, explains how to save money while using your smartphone abr0ad.


April 21, 2012 - Hour 1
Luxury hotel expert Michael Matthews discusses his trepidation about checking into his first Motel Six; Washington journalist Andrew Ferguson introduces listeners to his hilarious, new book, Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course on Getting His Kid Into College; financial expert Daniel Kadlec warns against credit card skimmers while on the road (and even while dining in restaurants); Stephanie Sarwas, assistant general manager of the Aqua Soleil resort in Desert Palm Springs, explains what to do in and around Palm Springs, CA; National Geographic Traveler editor-in-chief Keith Bellows explains the growing affects of travelers from China; and Rudy delivers the week's travel news.

April 21, 2012 - Hour 2
Travel writer Chris Barnett describes a well-priced family hotel, the Doubletree in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County, CA, that offers four-star service at rates as low as $120 a night; maritime historian John Maxtone Graham offers new insight on what really happened when the Titanic sunk; journalist Alina Dizik describes traveling through taste as Americans try to recreate favorite dishes of their families and their pasts; Merry Norris, art curator for the Andaz West Hollywood hotel, discusses the impact of public art in hotels; and National Geographic Traveler editor-in chief Keith Bellows argues that the rise of social media is having an enormous impact on travel and travelers. Plus the week's travel news from Rudy


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April 7, 2012 - Hour One
Steve Richer, public affairs director for the NTA, an international association of tour operators, argues against the de-funding of Brand USA; Jason Steeele describes his techniques for garnering frequent flyer miles for a humanitarian trip to Uganda; Jay Sorenson, president of IdeaWorks Co., a Wisconsin-based airline consulting firm, surveyed 150 airlines to find the most unusual rewards offered to frequent flyers and reveals the results; Michael Ghiglieri, Arizona river guide, EMT, and co-author of the recently re-released Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon, says one of America's s most popular national parks is more dangerous than visitors realize and advises on how to visit safely; Rudy's Deals of the Week.

April 7, 2012 - Hour Two
Rudy delivers the latest news in travel; veteran flight attendant Heather Poole, discusses her new, tell-all book, Cruising Attitude and shares secrets of flight attendants; Tim Harrision, a retired public safety officer and expert on the handling of exotic animals, describes the danger of animals in national parks; Ryan McEachron, the mayor of Victorville, CA, explains plans to build the country's first high-speed train that will link Victorville--a town about 90 miles outside of Los Angeles--with Las Vegas. Plus, Rudy offers his Deals of the Week.


March 31, 2012 - Hour One
Rudy delivers the latest travel news; Sam Shank, founder of the smartphone app Hotel Tonight, reveals new destinations and features of the app that gives you same-day, last-minute bargains on hotel rooms in major cities and at major airports; Claire Cardie from Cornell University's Computer Science Department, describes a program consumerrs can use to weed out planted reviews--bad or good--on hotel review websites such as TripAdvisor; journalist Harriet Baskas, a former hotel reviewer for, gives listeners tips on how to evaluate hotel and resort reviews websites such as TripAdvisor; commecial airline pilot Patrick Smith weighs in on the mental health testing of pilots in light of a JetBlue pilot who suffered an apparent mental breakdown on a recent flight. As always, Rudy offers several travel deals during his Deal of the Week segment at the end of the hour.

March 31, 2012 - Hour Two
During the opening segment, Rudy replays David Letterman's "Top Ten Things You Don't Want To Hear Your Pilot Say" and delivers the latest travel news; Jim Lapides, owner of the International Poster Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston, discusses the lure and increasing value of vintage travel posters; Thomas Finkbinder, senior chairman of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, argues against the construction of a high-speed train linking Victorville, CA, and Las Vegas; Rudy answers listeners' questions and reveals his travel Deals of the Week.


March 24, 2012 - Hour 1
Rudy reports on the week's news in travel and is joined by Joe Brancatelli, travel blogger (, who has harsh words on the merger of United Air Lines' and Continental Airlines' computer systems and the impact on passengers; author and essayist Pico Iyer joins Rudy from his home in Japan for the show's "Places of the Heart" feature and describes the concept of "stillness" and the place in Northern California he visits regularly to recharge; skydiver and free-fall expert Rob Laidlaw advises fans of those sports to exercise caution when considering skydiving at locations outside of the US; blogger ( David Rowell reveals how an amateur beat the TSA's new screening devices and recommends alternate ways to keep the skies safe. Rudy offers several intriguing deals of the week.

March 24, 2012 - Hour 2
Rudy reports on the week's news in travel and answers a listener's question about taking a seaplane flight with the help of Brian Schanche, owner of Florida-based Adventure Seaplanes; historian and author of Still Missing: Amelia Earhart & the Search for Modern Feminism Susan Ware describes the last flight of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart; Ric Gillispie, executive director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, explains plans to search for Earhart's airplane this summer in the South Pacific; Johanna Denize has a better way to keep your valuables safe on your person with a new, attractive line of travel clothes from her company, Plus, Rudy has his usual offering of the week's travel deals.


March 17, 2012 - Hour 1
Lesley Carlin, a travel blog editor for TripAdvisor, recommends the very best beaches in the US and the world during the travel news segment of today's show; Douglas Mack bought a copy of Arthur Frommer's Europe on $5 a Day at a used-book sale in Minneapolis and set out to retrace Frommer's route to find how travel has changed (or not) in the last couple of decades for his new book, Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day; Arthur Frommer joins Rudy to comment on Mack's book and how he thinks travel has changed over the years. And Rudy serves up his deals of the week in the hour's last segment.

March 17, 2012 - Hour 2
During the opening travel news segment of the show, Jeff Weinstein, editor-in-chief of HOTELS magazine, joins Rudy to discuss the new emphasis on healthy dining in hotel restaurants; Los Angeles Times travel editor Catherine Hamm touts the wisdom of visiting popular European destinations such as London and Paris during the off season; the guest services manager of The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Garrett Power, gives listeners an on-the-scene report on St. Patrick's Day in downtown Dublin; and Rudy explores a new way to see downtown Chicago via a Segway from Absolutely Chicago Segway with owner Timmie McGuire. Plus: Rudy's Deals of the Week.


March 10, 2012 - Hour 1
The president of the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors' Bureau, Dan Rowe, reports during Rudy's travel news segment on the resort city's bikini parade on the beach that just made the Guinness Book of Records; Seth Kugel, the "Frugal Traveler" columnist for the New York Times, explains how to find less expensive international tickets by finding travel agents who serve an ethnic community and who often receive deeply discounted tickets from airlines--how does $480 RT between NYC and Croatia sound from an Astoria, Queens travel agency sound compared to a $2,923 ticket for the same trip quoted on Travelocity? And it's prime whale-watching time in Baja, CA, says Emily Evans, an outdoor environmental educator. For decades, the doorman at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, Antonio de Sousa, hasn't missed a single day of work, and he explains how he's managed that. Plus: Rudy's Deals of the Week.

March 10, 2012 - Hour 2
The show's "tech guru," Jason Harris, author of the TechCraver blog, weighs in at the top of the hour on the usefulness of the new iPad for travelers and rejoins later in the hour to discuss several new items savvy travelers might want to consider buying. Jimmy Strong Heart is a native American who always dreamed of living in a green, mist-shrouded land. When he attended an Irish fair in Milwaukee, he saw the land of his dreams on a video screen and now lives in Ireland with his Irish-born wife. It wasn't an easy journey. Jogger Michael Sandler nearly lost his life when he was skating down a bike path and a father teaching baby stepped in front of him. Sandler swerved to avoid a collision and would up shattering his femur, hip and arm. With a titanium hip and femur and one leg shorter than another, he thought he would never run again, and if Sandler hadn't discovered how to run barefoot, he never would have. The author of Barefoot Running recounts his struggle to run again and says it's the best way to see new places. He runs barefoot on snow and ice, down New York City sidewalks, and on rocky paths. Plus: Rudy's Deals of the Week.


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February 4, 2012 - Hour One
Guests: Joe Sharkey, author and columnist for the New York Times Jim Brickman, multi-platinum-selling recording artist and solo pianist (originally aired Jan 14, 2012) Robert Alegrini, Vice President, Communications-The Americas & Luxury Brands Hilton Worldwide (originally aired June 25, 2012) Martin Bertilsson, Volvo Overseas Delivery Program (originally aired September 17, 2012) Robert Reid, Lonely Planet Travel Editor

February 4, 2012 - Hour Two
Guests: Kent Craver, Regional Director of Passenger Satisfaction and Revenue, The Boeing Company Maz Livingston, Photographer and US-based travel provider for Seiorse (George) O'Toole, Proprietor, Olde Castle Bar and Restaurant Donegal, Ireland


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January 7, 2012 - Hour One
Guests: Jeanenne Tornatore, Sr. Travel Editor, Orbitz Peter Tarlow, President, Tourism & More, Inc. Mary Jo Tarallo, Director, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer

January 7, 2012 - Hour Two
Guests: Howard Katov, President & CEO, Red Mountain Resort in British Columbia Reese Brown, SnowSports Industries America’s Nordic Director and Director of Winter Trails Sarah Wauterlek, Co-founder, Travelers Gift Vacations